"91 year old man sent home at 4am in taxi."

About: King's Mill Hospital

My 91 year old uncle was taken to the Emergency Department on Saturday having been taken in by his 78 year old neighbour after waiting 4 hours for an ambulance. He was suffering from severe stomach pains. She was told to go home and they would look after him. They diagnosed him as having a bladder infection, gave him antibiotics and then discharged him. He lives alone, uses a walking frame and was sent home in a taxi by the hospital at 4am Sunday morning. No one was notified that this had happened and the taxi driver did not see him into his bungalow. Having got into his front door he fell and the family were notified by one of his neighbours. He then had to admitted again later that day after we had to call out the emergency doctor as he was having difficulty moving. We were asked if we would mind taking him to the hospital. The doctor he saw in A&E was very thorough and when we told them that he had been discharged that morning they agreed that it should not have happened and they apologised. The nurse who put in the cannula even recognised him from the night before and was surprised that he had been discharged and he confirmed that he was very unsteady on his feet. There for the grace of god my uncle is recovering no thanks to Kings Mill Hospital who could easily have had another death on their hands.

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